The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well.

According to the General Accountability Office, the Transportation Security Administration has spent $900 million on a program to detect suspicious airplane passengers but has failed to nab a single terrorist.

A document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA is intent on maintaining its dominance in intelligence collection and has pledged to expand upon those powers.

An article in the Charleston (South Carolina) City Paper describes nullification as "terrifying" and "stupid."

In light of revelations of NSA surveillance of foreign leaders and people, the question of whether the Fourth Amendment applies to citizens of other countries is being debated.

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